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Jamie Earnest is from Alabama and is a 2012 graduate of The Alabama School of Fine Arts. Earnest holds a BFA in Painting from Carnegie Mellon University’s School of Art. Earnest is a recipient of the Ellen Battell Stoeckel Fellowship and through this fellowship attended the Yale Norfolk Summer School of Art during summer 2015. Earnest has been in multiple group shows in Pittsburgh, New York, Boston, Alabama and Suzhou, China. Earnest's work was recently featured at The Andy Warhol Museum. Earnest's debut solo show, "Your Home or Mine?" opened Summer 2016 at Cindy Lisica Gallery. Earnest has most recently had a solo exhibition, Faux Lasik, in Pittsburgh, PA and was included in a group exhibition, "The Apotheosis of Homer" at the Jinji Lake Art Museum in Suzhou, China. Earnest has two upcoming solo exhibitions at The Union Hall in Pittsburgh, PA and at Vulcan Gallery in Birmingham, AL. Earnest currently lives and works in Pittsburgh, PA.
I am interested in exploring the successes, tensions, and nuances of the idea of public space and domestic symbols, often tying together public and private space to continue a social and cultural commentary. Engagement between public and private realms creates a gray area of inertia that my painted spaces try to activate. I do not believe that a painting can change the world, but I do believe it powers communication and human interaction. This is why I value ambiguity in my paintings. Though my work includes specific symbols and some recognizable imagery, the conglomerate of sourced public spaces allows the harmonies to float in a cloud of obscurity. The painted space is claustrophobic and airy between the abstract and the familiar. My painted spaces are often hybrids of my past and future trajectory of personal space, public space and symbols, and cultural references. Pieces of familiar imagery are laid amongst the ambiguous to be tied together in no particular order by viewers.